Paddy Feeny

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Paddy Feeny (25 April 1931 – 10 June 2018)[1] was a British broadcaster. He was a presenter of the BBC World Service's Saturday Special (later renamed Sportsworld) programme from 1959 to 1995.


After working in theatre, Feeny's broadcasting career began at the age of 26, when he was employed by the Midlands Region of the BBC Home Service (now BBC Radio 4) in Birmingham.[2] He moved to the World Service in the late 1950s, and began presenting Saturday Special in 1959.[2]

The Saturday Special feature began with a duration of an hour during the summer months. Slowly its scope expanded, and with football playing an ever bigger role in British life, it became possible to have long editions in winter months also. The programme would run for 2+ hours, sometimes as long as 3 hours 15 minutes, with only two 15-minute breaks for the news on the hour.[citation needed]

The programmes closest to his heart drew attention to humanitarian movements and initiatives. In this capacity, and when covering the Olympic and Commonwealth Games he travelled widely and met and related to people in all capacities of life. One of his programmes led to a book he wrote, The Fight Against Leprosy.[citation needed] He presented other BBC programmes, including Write On..., a selection of reader's letters, and was a regular presenter of Top of the Form on BBC 1, as well as the radio version,[3] and for the BBC Science contest Young Scientists of the Year.[4]

Later years

Feeny retired not long after the death of his wife Patricia Brewer in 1994, and he presented his last edition of Sportsworld in June 1995.[5] He was a supporter of Liverpool Football Club, having been born in the city, but the sport nearest to his heart was cricket.[citation needed]


He had two daughters, Cathy Feeny and Sarah Lockyer; four grandchildren, Sophie Wodzak, Rebecca Spears, Daisy Quine and Ned Welch; and six great-grandchildren. He married his second wife Dee in April 2003.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "'A genius on air' - tribute to Saturday Special legend Paddy Feeny (1931-2018)". BBC World Service. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Rivlin, Mark (1992) "PADDY FEENY: FORTY YEARS OF BUILDING SPORTING FRIENDSHIPS", Jerusalem Post, 12 April 1992, p. 8
  3. ^ "Geoffrey Wheeler - obituary". The Telegraph. 1 Jan 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Young Scientists of the Year". BBC Genome. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. ^ Lewis, Ori (1995) "Farewell Paddy, we'll miss you", Jerusalem Post, 27 June 1995, p. 10

External links

  • Paddy Feeny's influence on the author Paul Wade
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